People who live in the western part of the country are fortunate to enjoy time in the pool all year round. However, for a lot of swimming pool owners, summer is winding down. Not only does that mean finding a different activity but also preparing the pool for the winter months. If you’re among those that need to get things in order before fall approaches, you’ll find the process easier with these six steps.
- Water Testing and Treating – Roughly a week before closing your swimming pool for the season, check the alkalinity, calcium hardness, and pH levels using a testing kit. Once balanced properly, add shock to the skimmer. For this, simply follow the instructions on the chosen product. After the chlorine levels go back to normal, add algaecide. Then allow that to circulate for about 24 hours.
- Swimming Pool Cleaning – Clean your pool thoroughly to remove debris and algae. However, make sure you take any removable attachments out first.
- Reduce the Water Level – Whether you drain the water manually or use the backwash option on your DE or sand filter, bring the level down to approximately 6 inches below the tile border or skimmer.
- Pump and Filter Draining – The next step for winterizing your swimming pool is to drain the pump and filter. Also, disconnect fittings to prevent them from cracking during the cold months. You’ll need to remove the filter pressure gauge, pump and filter system fittings, chlorinator, skimmer baskets, and return jet fittings. Store these items in a covered and dry area.
- Line Blowing – To winterize your swimming pool, pay extra attention to the plumbing. The last thing you want is for an underground pipe to freeze and crack. Although you can do this yourself, most homeowners call in a pool professional since there are several detailed steps involved.
- Cover the Pool – Lastly, cover your swimming pool. Your best option is to choose one with safety latches. This type of cover can handle heavy loads of snow while preventing wild animals and even pets from falling into the water.